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Umbrella Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    umbrella adj : covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items or elements or groups; "an umbrella organization"; "umbrella insurance coverage" n
  1. a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy
  2. a formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets; "an air umbrella over England"
  3. having the function of uniting a group of similar things; "the Democratic Party is an umbrella for many liberal groups"; "under the umbrella of capitalism"
Umbrella Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Umbrella \Um*brel"la\, n. [It. umbrella, fr. ombra a shade, L. umbra; cf. L. umbella a sunshade, a parasol. Cf. Umbel, Umbrage.]
  1. A shade, screen, or guard, carried in the hand for sheltering the person from the rays of the sun, or from rain or snow. It is formed of silk, cotton, or other fabric, extended on strips of whalebone, steel, or other elastic material, inserted, or fastened to, a rod or stick by means of pivots or hinges, in such a way as to allow of being opened and closed with ease. See Parasol. Underneath the umbrella's oily shed. --Gay.
  2. (Zo["o]l.) The umbrellalike disk, or swimming bell, of a jellyfish.
  3. (Zo["o]l.) Any marine tectibranchiate gastropod of the genus Umbrella, having an umbrella-shaped shell; -- called also umbrella shell. Umbrella ant (Zo["o]l.), the sauba ant; -- so called because it carries bits of leaves over its back when foraging. Called also parasol ant. Umbrella bird (Zo["o]l.), a South American bird (Cephalopterus ornatus) of the family Cotingid[ae]. It is black, with a large handsome crest consisting of a mass of soft, glossy blue feathers curved outward at the tips. It also has a cervical plume consisting of a long, cylindrical dermal process covered with soft hairy feathers. Called also dragoon bird. Umbrella leaf (Bot.), an American perennial herb (Dyphylleia cymosa), having very large peltate and lobed radical leaves. Umbrella shell. (Zo["o]l.) See Umbrella, 3. Umbrella tree (Bot.), a kind of magnolia (M. Umbrella) with the large leaves arranged in umbrellalike clusters at the ends of the branches. It is a native of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Kentucky. Other plants in various countries are called by this name, especially a kind of screw pine (Pandanus odoratissimus).
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Umbrella'

An umbrella or parasol (also called a brolly, rainshade, sunshade, gamp or bumbershoot) is a canopy designed to protect against rain or sunlight. The term parasol usually refers to an item designed to protect from the sun; umbrella refers to a device more suited to protect from rain. Often the difference is the material; some parasols are not waterproof. Parasols are often meant to be fixed to one point and often used with patio tables or other outdoor furniture. Umbrellas are almost exclusively hand-held portable devices; however, parasols can also be hand-held. Umbrellas can be held as fashion accessories.

The word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning shade or shadow (the Latin word, in turn, derives from the Ancient Greek ómbros

Umbrella is another synonym for the term parasol, which was first used as a protection against the scorching heat of the sun, "para" meaning stop or shield and "sol" meaning sun. The word "umbrella" has evolved from the Latin "umbella" (an "umbel" is a flat-topped rounded flower) or "umbra," meaning "shaded."

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* A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain. - Mark Twain

* A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain. - Robert Frost

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Umbrella Sample Sentences in News

  • Colin Firth is a killer spy in new 'Kingsman' film
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Colin Firth is a "gentleman spy" with a killer umbrella and Samuel L. Jackson is a blood-hating villain with a lisp in Fox's forthcoming "Kingsman: The Secret Service." Read more on this news related to 'Umbrella'
  • Cosmic Crumbs Reveal Umbrella Galaxy's Eating Habits
    Astronomers are studying the feeding habits of a cosmic cannibal to learn how galaxies grow. If you point a telescope near the constellations of Leo and Virgo, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the galactic monster in question: the Umbrella Galaxy, formally called NGC 4651. This spiral galaxy — a twin of the Milky Way — is eating a smaller galaxy, and it Read more on this news related to 'Umbrella'
  • IFG Companies Announces New President of Excess and Umbrella, Michael G. Vought
    IFG Companies has announced that Michael G. Vought has joined as President of Excess and Umbrella. Michael will be based in IFG's New York City office and will be responsible for building and leading IFG's Excess and Umbrella business through a network of offices across the United States. Read more on this news related to 'Umbrella'

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